In his park and recreation committee report, Catasauqua Borough Councilman Gene Schlegel requested a meeting with his committee and borough Manager Steve Travers to discuss summer activities at the parks. There are thoughts to close the swimming pool at Catasauqua Park and Playground. Schlegel said he and his committee will keep council aware of any suggestions.
Travers said the parks will be closed until Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf lifts his parks utilization ban. He said he expects the pool will be closed.
Pennsylvania State Mayors Association has declared May 3 as Bells Across Pennsylvania Day.
North Catasauqua Mayor William Molchany and Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel are encouraging residents and churches from both boroughs to take part in the event.
All Pennsylvanians and churches are asked to ring bells for three minutes, one minute each for three purposes, starting 7 p.m.
In a historic meeting, Catasauqua Borough Council held its first livestreamed meeting April 6.
A total of 17 people attended the meeting remotely.
Borough Manager Steven Travers and two staff members were present in the borough complex to handle the meeting’s technical aspects.
Council President Vincent Smith called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. The principle reason of the meeting was to renew Mayor Barbara Schlegel’s emergency declaration called in March.
Because of COVID-19, Catasauqua Borough officials announced all council and committee meetings are canceled until further notice. Catasauqua Municipal Complex, 90 Bridge St., is closed to visitors until further notice.
Borough staff will be at work to answer phone calls and respond to emails. The borough office phone number is 610-264-0571.
The police and fire departments are operating and continue normal operations, but the police department is closed to visitors. Any tickets/fines can be paid online or by placing payments into the drop box at the municipal complex.
At the March 2 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, a resolution passed unanimously to decertify three former Catasauqua fire houses.
The Phoenix Steam Fire Company No. 1, the Southwark Hose Company No. 9 and the East End Independent Hose and Chemical Company No. 1 are not permitted to provide firefighting services to the borough. The resolution also noted the Catasauqua Firefighters Association was named sole provider of firefighting services in the borough.
At a cheerful, upbeat gathering of Whitehall Area Rotary Club members and Catasauqua residents, discussions ensued of reinstating the Catasauqua Rotary Club, which ended about 20 years ago.
The meeting, held Feb. 27 at Taylor House Brewing Company, 76 Lehigh St., Catasauqua, featured Herb Klotz, Rotary governor of Pennsylvania District 7430. He brought the Rotary message of “service above self.”
The Rotary vision is “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”
At the Feb. 24 Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting, pending ordinances and resolutions were presented for discussion.
An ordinance to have all fire department services under the volunteer firefighters association will be voted on at the next meeting. The ordinance decertifies former fire companies within the borough that no longer house firetrucks and other equipment.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, in his version of the former county Government on the Go program, attended the Catasauqua Borough Council meeting Feb. 3.
The Government on the Go program was a Lehigh County Board of Commissioners initiative a decade ago. Over time, the commissioners would hold meetings at Lehigh County municipal buildings. Armstrong said he tries to attend every local municipality’s council or supervisors meetings during a year.
Addressing council, Armstrong urged members to engage in the census.
Mike Leondi, representing Rockefeller Group, presented a road upgrade status report during the Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting Jan. 27. Leondi noted the two-stage plan for Willowbrook Road, Race Street and Airport Road should be completed by August or September.
Construction has been delayed due to weather concerns over the past year. At the phase two conclusion, Willowbrook Road will contain four lanes, Race Street will be widened, including a five-lane section, and a section of Airport Road will be widened to six lanes.
During the recreation committee section of the Jan. 6 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, Councilman Gene Schlegel questioned the plans for the swimming pool this year. Noting council is aware of the numerous challenges the pool has and the potential high cost, the tone of the debate was the sustainability and future viability of the pool. There was a reported leak at the pool, resulting in pool water draining at a rate beyond normal daily evaporation.
“The pool leak is not going into the creek. That was checked into,” Steven Travers, borough manager, said.